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Solubility – Helena Coffee. The term “soluble” refers to compounds in coffee beans that can be dissolved in water.

Brewing coAtbasic level, about until brewing coffee, is using water as a solvent to dissolve (dissolvable) chemicals locked in the cells of the coffee bean, or, to put it another way, dissolution.


The solubility of each soluble component of coffee varies – hence the name – solubility. Water takes varied amounts of time to dissolve salts, sugars, acids, phenols, fats and lipids, and so on. Some will happen practically instantly, while others will take longer.

When making coffee, we must keep this in mind because altering the contact time between the coffee and the water will change the composition of the coffee in the cup (ultimately).

Fruit acids and organic salts (light, brilliant fruit tastes) are the first and most soluble elements in coffee, followed by mild aromatics produced by the Maillard reaction and browning sugar. Nuts, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, butter, and other heavier organic matter are roasted, followed by more organic severe matter (wood, ash, malt, tobacco, etc.).

Because most coffee consumers reading this are wary of the wood ash smell and extremely harsh flavors, it’s easy to go wrong with a shorter extraction. Unfortunately, in many situations, this comes at the expense of sweetness. Coffee, as usual, is a master at persuading you to make concessions to accept only a portion of the flavors it offers.

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